Under 14s show steel to beat visitors

Matlock RFC u14s 42

Sheffield 32

Matlock welcomed visitors Sheffield to Cromford Meadows on a cold and blustery Sunday morning.

The game kicked off with an early try by Matlock, coming through good hands to find Chris Statham, who crossed the line. It wasn’t long before Andrew Eastwood broke through tackles to get his first of the day.

To make sure Matlock weren’t sleeping, Sheffield came back with a good individual try which they converted.

Back again came Matlock with Conor Loughnane bulldozing his way off the back of a scrum to score.

Sheffield hit back immediately with another try, only for John Statham to cancel it with a hard strong run to score. Just before half-time, Matlock slipped, allowing Sheffield to run in two tries, giving them a small lead at half-time.

Matlock had been the better side in the first half but not taking their chances gave Sheffield confidence and again they came up with a try, giving them a seven-point lead.

Matlock reacted and seemed to go up a gear, showing great character with Hayden Williamson crashing through to score, nicely converted by Sam Page, quickly followed by Andrew Eastwood’s second.

Toby Bumby came up with the goods as he went over in the corner and Eastwood made his hat-trick after breaking the midfield defence.

Sheffield did manage to claw another try back but it was too late as Matlock’s second half comeback had done all the damage, giving them a well-deserved win of 42-32.